Welcome to Barry County 4-H




Liberty Tree

We are excited to announce that the Missouri 4-H Foundation, in partnership with Crader Distributing and local STIHL dealers, will be continuing the service-learning initiative that enables 4-H clubs to play an active role in preserving American history by planting Liberty Trees once more this spring in communities throughout Missouri.

The original Liberty Tree was a famous elm tree that stood near Boston Common during the Revolutionary era. In 1765, the Sons of Liberty, a group of American colonists, staged the first act of defiance against British rule under the tree. This spawned the resistance that eventually led to the American Revolutionary War. During the war, several other towns designated their own Liberty Trees as support for the resistance spread throughout the colonies. These Liberty Trees became symbols of American independence.

The last original Liberty Tree, a Tulip Poplar, stood on the grounds of St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md. Until 1999 when it dies during Hurricane Floyd. Prior to its death, 14 seedlings were successfully germinated from the tree through a project spearheaded by the nonprofit conservation organization American Forests. The seedlings were planted throughout the original 13 colonies.

In order to further preserve the legacy of the Liberty Trees, a bud-grafting program was launched, through which several bud-grafted trees were grown. Thanks to the generosity of Crader Distributing and local STIHL dealers,  these bud-grafted trees will be donated to Missouri 4-H clubs to be planted in public spaces throughout Missouri.  The trees are 4 foot Tulip Poplar seedlings.


Thank you to all that sponsored Barry County 4-H

The Clovers of Success Scholarship Benefit was held on March 30th.  Over $3,400 was raised to support our youth in the community!! 



Upcoming Events!

  • May 18th at 10:30AM - Barry County Achievement Day at the Crowder College campus in Cassville
  • June 9-20 - Southwest 4-H Camp at Camp Smokey, Roaring River. 
  • June 22 - Purdy Livestock Show
  • June 29 - Barry County Livestock Show
    • Exeter Corn Maze
    • Fair books will be available early June.
    • Contact Sherri Sanders for more information: (479)903-2683 or visit Exeter Corn Maze Website
  • July 15 - Regional Achievement Day
    • Avilla Baptist Church in Avilla, MO. 
    • Doors open at 9AM
    • If you receive a blue ribbon at Barry County Achievement Day, you qualify for Regional Achievement Day.  
    • Registration details will come soon.
  • July 20th - Purdy Festival
  • July 22-Aug 4 - Ozark Empire Fair
    • If your exhibit receives a Blue Ribbon at Purdy Festival, it will go to OEF.




Use these links to get some greatly helpful guides.

Club Leader Planning Calendar

Adult Club Leader Roles

Community Service


Member Planning Calendar

Parliamentary Procedure

Project Leader Planning Calendar



        Who can join? (PDF)


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How to join 4-H

University of Missouri Extension 4-H

Empowering young people to reach their full potential

4-H brings young people, ages 5 to 19, and adults together to learn everyday skills through hands-on learning. Working on activities from animal and plant sciences to robotics, 4-H’ers learn problem-solving skills that can make a positive impact upon our community. Through 4-H, young people learn to:

  • meet the diverse challenges of today’s world;
  • build self-confidence;
  • learn responsibility; and
  • make positive decisions.
4-H clubs

4-H clubs are open to ages 8 to 18. Clubs meet monthly for group activities and club business. Each club elects officers and has an approved adult leader who supervises club activities. Club members also enroll in projects in their areas of interest.

With projects on more than 75 topics, 4-H has something to interest every child. Here are just a few of the opportunities 4-H offers—geocaching, robotics, international exchanges, horsemanship, pets, starting a business, arts and crafts, raising animals, woodworking, photography and gardening.

Clover Kids clubs

Clover Kids introduces 5- to 7-year-olds to the 4-H experience. In Clover Kids, children learn how to get along with others, work in groups, explore their interests, while building self-confidence. Clover Kids do not enroll in projects or raise animals, and do not participate in competitive events, contests or shows.

How to join

Joining 4-H is as easy as contacting the extension center. A staff member will explain the enrollment process and membership dues. In addition to dues, some projects may require a small investment to get started, and there may be a fee for materials, trips or other activities.

Young people are welcome to join at any time. The 4-H program year runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.


4-H Online enrollment system
Missouri 4-H Clover—A guide to 4-H projects, activities and publications. It is designed to assist volunteers, members and their families select projects and activities, and set goals.

Be a 4-H volunteer

Adult volunteers are essential to 4-H. Adult volunteers serve as club or project leaders, help with county or regional events, chair committees and organize fund raisers. You don't have to be a parent or grandparent of the 4-H member to get involved. All volunteers are screened for child abuse and neglect, as well criminal records, before they are accepted and each year thereafter. As a volunteer, University of Missouri Extension will provide you with training so you will be well-prepared and successful as an adult leader. The orientation includes information on 4-H history and the educational framework, the characteristics of age groups, character development and safety.